Sunday, July 25, 2010
Bad Segeberg, Germany
I'll admit I was a little weirded out by this card, which shows a bunch of German people dressing up as cowboys and Indians (Native Americans). I got it for the June RR, and I think it was chosen for me because it has horses on it. And the horses are pretty... but it's still weird.
Bad Segeberg is a town in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and is primarily known for its annual Karl May Festival, which is pictured on this card. Karl May was a prolific German writer of the late 19th/early 20th century, who wrote several stories set in the American West. Ironically, although May believed that all people should live together peacefully and his characters usually avoided killing others, Adolf Hitler was a big fan of his books, and had them distributed to German soldiers at the front in World War 2. Okay, maybe that also explains why I find this card slightly disturbing.
The stamp on the left shows the world's largest dinosaur skeleton and the 3,000-animal "biodiversity wall" at Berlin's Museum of Natural History, commemorating its bicentennial.
I cannot for the life of me find the stamp on the right anywhere on the Deutsche Post website nor on Google image search for any likely combination of keywords. Can anyone help?